Texas residents are familiar with some common conditions that affect a woman’s reproductive system, including polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. However, few people have heard about adenomyosis, which is also referred to as endometriosis of the uterus muscle.
It is important for people to be familiar with the symptoms of this condition, especially medical professionals. One estimate shows that one in 10 women is living with adenomyosis. However, the true number is likely quite higher, especially because some women have the problem but do not have symptoms and there isn’t a real diagnostic criteria for adenomyosis.
This women’s health issue is similar to endometriosis in the sense that uterine tissue is growing outside the uterus. With adenomyosis, this tissue builds up inside the uterine muscle wall. Women do not need to worry about the tissue turning into cancer.
The most common symptoms of adenomyosis include pain, cramps, unexplained infertility, irregular bleeding and painful sex. Some medical professionals have misdiagnosed this illness as dysfunctional uterine bleeding. When this diagnosis is made, it’s basically a way that doctors say there is no explanation for why a woman has abnormal bleeding.
This condition is often mistaken for other conditions, like thyroid disorders, endometriosis, bladder pain syndrome and perimenopause. An MRI can be used in some circumstances to diagnose adenomyosis, but only if fibroids are not blocking the view of the uterine muscle wall. Women are often put on medications, like hormonal pills or birth control, just to manage the pain and bleeding. An individual who has been misdiagnosed might wish to discuss their circumstances with an attorney. The attorney may be able to look at the case and see if malpractice or a failure to diagnose is a possibility. The attorney might be able to answer questions about a failure to follow acceptable standards, wrong diagnosis and what options patients have.